School of Law, Criminology and Government

BSc (Hons) International Relations with Spanish

Give your degree a cosmopolitan edge by combining International Relations with Spanish. Discover the global issues, current events and politics that influence modern society while honing your language skills. Explore the evolution of international politics, engage with controversial debates and open the door to a wide range of global career paths. Take the opportunity to make invaluable career connections with a placement year and benefit by studying abroad on our exchange programme.

You will engage with contemporary international issues and take part in exclusive events, film screenings and lectures, through the Politics and International Affairs Society. You’ll differentiate yourself in an international sector with industry experience and Spanish language skills. You will benefit from a course which received excellent ratings for teaching and student satisfaction, in the Guardian’s University Guide 2015.

Key features

  • Travel the world through our international student exchange programme. From the Czech Republic and Poland, to Canada and the USA, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to gain insights into international relations worldwide.
  • We tailor the course for students with varying levels of Spanish - whether you are relatively new to the language or hold an A level, our course will develop both your confidence and skills.
  • Be inspired by teaching rooted in research. Our staff are leading experts in their fields, and through our Politics and International Studies research group, you’ll stay up-to-date with the current issues shaping global politics. Our team’s areas of expertise include popular protest in the Middle East, British and American foreign policy, development in Africa, global environmental politics, security studies and the politics of the European Union.
  • Explore the evolution of politics internationally. Debate contemporary worldwide issues, current affairs and major political events. Ask those difficult questions about war, hunger and poverty in the developing world.
  • Engage with contemporary international issues and take part in exclusive events, film screenings and lectures, through the Politics and International Affairs Society.
  • Benefit from a course which received excellent ratings for teaching and student satisfaction, in the Guardian’s University Guide 2015 (within the subject league table for Politics).
  • Differentiate yourself in an international sector with industry experience and Spanish language skills. As journalists, politicians' assistants, and public affairs consultants, our graduates have gone on to work for the European Union, United Nations and UK Civil Service.
  • Investigate daily headlines. Discover the international and political ideas that influence society.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • In your first year, you'll investigate daily headlines and topical news discovering the international systems and political and economic ideas that shape our contemporary world. You’ll take a Spanish language module developing your spoken and written skills. Explore the evolution of politics, contemporary issues, current affairs and major political events in context. You’ll also gain vital research techniques, and analyse the relationship between international relations and the social sciences.
    Core modules
    • IRL100 Imagining World Order

      This module introduces the essential terms, concepts and processes of international relations analysis. It describes the main features of the international system since its evolution from the Treaty of Westphalia, continuities and discontinuities with earlier international systems, plus the move from state sovereignty to global governance in the contemporary context. It also introduces the primary theories of international relations analysis, whilst putting their emergence and development into historical context.

    • IRL102 International Relations Since 1945

      This module provides an introduction to the historical development of the international political system since 1945. It provides a crucial background to the major processes and actors that have shaped the contemporary international system.

    • PIR100 Discovering World Politics

      The team-taught immersive module introduces students to key concepts in the fields of Politics and IR and provides them with the necessary skills and tools to write essays and engage with academic debates. It also provides an opportunity for team-building for both students and staff.

    Optional modules
    • GOV1000PP One Planet? Society and Sustainability

      This module addresses some of the most pressing challenges of the 21st century from a variety of ideological and political perspectives. Through real-world case studies and critical reflection of lived experiences, we explore and debate the complex, interdependent processes underpinning sustainability and global inequality and insecurities. You develop an understanding of key drivers and public policy impacts and consider future alternative scenarios. The emphasis is on active, collaborative, learning via field trips and debates.

    • LAW1000PP Ethics and Justice in the Balance

      This short intensive module will provide a basic introduction to ethical considerations in human activity, social life and institutional decision making. It provides a platform to enable students to evaluate concepts of justice, law and ethics as well as themes of morality, duty and responsibility, in relation to everyday individual and collective choices of action.

    • LCS101 Cross-Cultural Competence

      The rapid progress of globalisation makes the skills of international collaboration and cross-cultural competence essential attributes for future careers. The module develops these skills by introducing global theories of cultural difference and successful intercultural communication, and demonstrating their application in practical business / professional scenarios. Specific countries are also studied with particular focus, including presentations by guest experts.

    • SFTA1 Spanish Fast Track A1

      This module is aimed at students who have little or no previous knowledge of Spanish, but who wish to make rapid progress. It develops communicative competence towards intermediate level, enabling students to establish social and working relations with speakers of Spanish, to negotiate everyday needs, and to communicate using spoken and simple written language in limited situations.

    • SFTB1 Spanish Fast Track B1

      This module is designed for students who wish to make rapid progress via a fast-track route at intermediate level. It develops their ability to use both the spoken and written language effectively beyond routine situations, to establish and maintain effective social and working relations with speakers of Spanish, and to understand key aspects of Spanish / Hispanic culture.

    • SPNX400 Spanish Advanced 1

      This module is aimed at students with A level or equivalent in the foreign language, or as a progression from Spanish 3. It aims to consolidate knowledge of grammar and vocabulary and to provide a firm base for future studies. At the same time the student's communicative competence is developed through the study of materials of relevance to the foreign country today.

  • Year 2
  • Immerse yourself in the international political economy, investigate leading theories and analyse global systems. Further develop your Spanish language skills, consolidating your knowledge of grammar and vocabulary. Discuss difficult truths about war, hunger and poverty in the developing world, and explore concepts of national and human security. Take advantage of our international student exchange programme, with opportunities to visit the Czech Republic, Poland, Canada or the USA.
    Core modules
    • IRL200 Understanding Global Politics

      This module provides an introduction to the main authors and debates in contemporary IR theory, from mainstream theories to critical approaches. The module pays particular attention to the historical context of each approach, and the relationship between theory and practice in contemporary global politics.

    • IRL201 International Security Studies

      This module considers the issue of security in contemporary international relations. It examines a variety of different security concepts from deterrence and the security dilemma to arms control, peacekeeping, terrorism, regional security complexes and governance. It then seeks to relate these to practical examples from world politics.

    • IRL202 The Third World

      This module embraces both theoretical and empirical approaches to understanding development issues and policies, at national, international and multilateral scale. The approach taken is deliberately inter-disciplinary, incorporating historical, economic, political and social perspectives. The module also uses case studies based in Africa, Latin America and Asia to illustrate and provide context for the discussion of various developmental concerns. Particular emphasis is placed on understanding the development policy arena; how it is framed and constituted; the power relations between actors; and the impact on human communities and their environments.

    • PIR200 International Political Economy

      This module analyses how the governance of international economic affairs has developed from the Mercantilist expansion of early modern Europe to the present day. It introduces four alternative approaches to the study of IPE. It presents the leading historical narratives of the evolution of the modern world political economy, and then investigates its development since 1945.

    Optional modules
    • LCS200 Culture and Society 2

      This module examines a range of aspects which define Hispanic and Francophone worlds, focusing predominantly on the contemporary period. In addition, it develops a range of key skills which will support study at undergraduate level. For those students electing a languages Minor pathway, the module anchors linguistic competence through a deeper understanding of the cultural referents specific to these countries.

    • SFTA2 Spanish Fast Track A2

      This module is designed as the progression module for students who have successfully completed the first year of the Spanish `fast-track'. It will enable rapid progress, consolidating knowledge of grammar and vocabulary and providing a firm base for ongoing study. At the same time the student's communicative competence is developed through the study of materials of relevance to Spain and the Hispanic world today.

    • SFTB2 Spanish Fast Track B2

      This module is designed to enable rapid progress at an advanced level, further extending students¿ ability to communicate in more complex situations and their understanding of the structures of the language. Particular attention is paid to developing skills of relevance to a study or work placement in the foreign country.

    • SPNX500 Spanish Advanced 2

      This module is designed as a progression from Advanced 1, or for other students who have pursued their study of the foreign language beyond A level or its equivalent. It will further extend their ability to communicate in more complex situations and their understanding of the structures of the language. Particular attention is paid to developing skills of relevance to a study or work placement in the foreign country.

  • Final year
  • In your final year, under expert supervision, you’ll complete a comprehensive piece of research in an area that interests you the most. You’ll deepen your knowledge of international relations by studying foreign policy, global environmental politics, the European Union, politics of the Middle East and Africa, globalisation and health. You’ll build on your language skills, increasing your fluency and confidence, enabling you to get to grips with more sophisticated and demanding situations.
    Core modules
    • LCS300 Culture and Society 3

      This module comprises a series of lectures on aspects relating to the French and Spanish speaking worlds, using sources (text, music, the media) in both the target language (for the benefit of Minor pathway students) and English. It requires independent research and analysis, with appropriate supervision.

    • PIR300 Dissertation and PDP Review

      This module provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their attainment of the aims and objectives of the Honours Programme. It requires the design and execution of a dissertation of 12,000 words in the field of political science, together with the submission of a 1,500 word formative Literature Review detailing the aims and objectives of the dissertation together with a consideration of the extant academic literature in the field of the research question.

    Optional modules
    • IRL302 NATO after the Cold War and Beyond

      "This module proposes to study the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) from a theoretical as well policy point of view. The aim is to investigate the relevance of NATO in the 21st century by looking at how NATO survived and developed in the aftermath of the Cold War as it appeared to have lost its original purpose of containing the Soviet Union. By looking at key developments within NATO in the post-Cold War period, this module also looks at the challenges which NATO has faced and overcome but it also critically reflects on the contemporary relevance of NATO. "

    • PIR301 Contemporary Issues in International Relations

      This module will explore the transformation of political community in the 21st century through the prism of international organisations such as the United Nations. The aim is to consider the key question whether `governance¿ is possible in world politics, and whether and to what extent international organisations can play a constructive role in such governance. The module begins with an introduction to international organisations and global governance, including the various theoretical approaches with their different assumptions about the nature of international politics, and competing predictions about international organisations in global governance.

    • PIR304 US Foreign Policy Since 1945

      This module introduces students to different approaches to studying US foreign policy. As well as providing an empirical survey of America's foreign relations since 1945, it draws on IR theory to examine its changing place in the world. Students will examine historical and contemporary themes in US foreign policy and explore the complex mix of factors that combine to influence it. The module will examine US interests in different parts of the world and evaluate how US foreign policy has affected regional and international orders. The ultimate objective of the course is to explore how US foreign policy shapes the world we live in.

    • PIR305 The Politics of the United States

      This module introduces students to the fundamental principles of politics in the United States. Domestic politics and the foreign influence of the United States is considered, with specific emphasis placed on the role of the Constitution and institutions of governance in promoting (or inhibiting) democracy both domestically and abroad.

    • PIR306 Environmental Political Economy

      This module examines the problem of environmental degradation and its implications for our global political economy. It discusses the major debates in political thought around the causes of environmental degradation. The module outlines the major attempts to build international regimes for global environmental governance, and the difficulties and obstacles that such attempts have encountered. A wide range of ideas, policy proposals, innovations in governance, and templates for political activism within the environmental movement are critically evaluated.

    • PIR310 Work Based Learning in Politics or International Relations

      This module provides students with opportunities to gain practical insights into the workings of organisations whose role and function have clear relevance to the focus and subject matter of their undergraduate degree in Politics or International Relations, and to link such insights to their acquired knowledge and understanding of social science theories and concepts. In addition the module will prepare students for the graduate job market and encourage their autonomous engagement in personal development planning.

    • SPNX600 Spanish Advanced 3

      This module is designed as a progression from Advanced 2, and is normally aimed at final year advanced students of the foreign language who have not had an extended period of residence in the foreign country. It enables them to build on the advanced language skills that they have already acquired and apply these to more specialised and complex situations (such as presentation and translation).

    • SPNX700 Spanish Advanced 4

      This module is normally taken by final year students of the foreign language who have completed an extended period of residence in the foreign country. It builds on their increased fluency and confidence, and their personal experience of the foreign culture, and enables them to develop the application of their skills in more sophisticated and demanding situations.

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change:

BSc International Relations 16 17 1125

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff

104

A levels

Including a minimum of two A levels with grade D at A level Spanish or GCSE grade A in any foreign language.

BTEC

18 Unit BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM in any subject plus grade D in A level (or equivalent) Spanish.  

BTEC National Diploma modules

If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC. Without this information we may be unable to process your application quickly and you could experience significant delays in the progress of your application to study with us. Please explicitly state the full list of modules within your qualification at the time of application.

Access

Pass a named Access to HE Diploma in any subject with at least 33 credits at merit/distinction, including 12 level 3 credits in Spanish at merit. Alternatively, previous/current study in A level Spanish (grade D) will be considered alongside Access Course.

IB

26 overall to include 4 in Spanish at Higher Level.

Other

14-19 Diplomas: accepted – please enquire for more information.

GCSE

All applicants must have GCSE (or equivalent) mathematics and English at grade C or above. 

Other combinations and non-A level qualifications will also be considered.​

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English language requirements

For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

Fees, costs and funding

New Student 2017 2018
Home/EU £9,250 To be confirmed
International £12,250 To be confirmed
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Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per a number of credits. Fees are correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.



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